Amazon Prime Members in Canada Now Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage [u]

Looks like Amazon Prime in Canada just got better as the company has announced members now get free unlimited photo storage via their Cloud Drive service, just like our U.S. neighbours.

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What this means is with the recently updated Amazon Photos iOS app (it received iPhone 6 support yesterday), you can get it to automatically upload all of your pictures and videos to the company’s Cloud Drive and get unlimited storage.

You’ll be able to access your files on the web, your iOS device and PC desktop. As for Mac users? Amazon says “We’re currently working on a Cloud Drive application for Mac.”

Prime Photos will now enable Amazon Student, Amazon Family and Prime members in Canada to:

  • Upload photos from their iOS and Android devices, Fire tablets, and Mac and Windows computers—and have them stored for free in the Amazon cloud
  • Access their photo collections at any time from nearly any device—phones, tablets, and computers
  • Add photos to Cloud Drive in their original version so customers never have to worry about losing the full resolution image
  • Rest easy knowing that their photos are protected in the Amazon cloud

The company says the number of orders shipped via Prime almost tripled last year and continues to grow. Since 2013, “millions of items” have been ordered with Prime, enough to cover close to 1,000 hockey rinks.

Amazon Cloud Drive launched in Canada back in May of 2013, bringing 5GB of free storage for users. While it’s not as flexible in terms of sharing options like Dropbox, it does offer the same photo and video backup service, much like Microsoft’s OneDrive as well.

Amazon’s Prime service costs $79 per year in Canada, while their regular Cloud Drive pricing starts at $10/year for 20GB up to $500/year for 1 terabyte. If you have a lot of photos and you are an existing Prime member, this just sweetens the deal.

Update: Amazon told us videos are not part of the unlimited storage quota, only images. Users can upload videos too, but it will come out of their 5GB free bucket.

Click here to download Amazon Photos for iOS and click here to sign up for Amazon Prime.

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  • Lakh Jhajj

    Gary, can you confirm that if we can upload videos also. ? Bec Amazon details just say Photos without mentioning videos anywhere. Also is any limit on size of the upload I mean like if video is 1 gb or 5 gb ?

  • Yes. But you have to manually select the videos, weird.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Weird!! Indeed.

  • I’ve emailed Amazon’s PR firm for answers to your questions. Stay tuned.

  • ticky13

    Would be nice if we got Amazon video streaming also.

  • Okay here’s the clarification: it’s unlimited photos only. Videos uploaded will take from your 5GB free storage tier. So from this I would assume no file limit on video uploads, as it’ll be based on what your storage can handle.

  • sukisszoze

    With iCloud and Dropbox, this doesn’t really add much value other than it’s free with a Prime membership. I don’t need my pics and video backup to a third source.